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Dell Upgrades Boomi With Crowdsourced Testing, ETL Enhancements

Dell Upgrades Boomi With Crowdsourced Testing, ETL Enhancements

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Dell Upgrades Boomi With CrowdsourcedTesting, ETL Enhancements
Posted by Ericka Chickowski , June 07, 2012
This week, Dell burnished the shine on its cloud application integrationbusiness with the unveiling of its Boomi AtomSphere Summer 12release. In addition to rolling out enhancements to its data warehouseand security capabilities, the latest release brings Boomi better in linewith service-oriented architecture (SOA) and adds a new crowdsourcedregression-testing capability unmatched by similar integration suites.The crowdsourcing element, namedBoomi Assure,was the highlight of  the new additions in analysts' eyes, given the originality of such afeature. Assure offers users the ability to submit their integrationprocesses with test data to a regression-testing framework."I think it could provide some really unique value," said Charles King,principle analyst at Pund-IT Inc. "I think the idea that being able tosubmit a use-case scenario and then have that tested against andvalidated against the next-generation Atom platform could provide not just practical value but also, in a sense, reinforce either what companiesare doing right or potentially what they're doing wrong and need toadjust. In the long run, anything you can do to help your clients ensurethat they're not spinning their wheels or wasting their time is a greatvalue."According to Rick Nucci, general manager of Boomi, the Assurefunctionality is the first of its class in the application integration market.But the release isn't all about novelties.
At the foundation of Summer 12's improvements are the meat-and-potatoes enhancements to Boomi's extract, transform load (ETL)capabilities for better data warehouse integration. According to Nucci,Dell made three significant improvements. The first was support for data joining."Joins are a very classic kind of ETL requirement which allows you to join together multiple data sources. Those could be database queries, flatfiles, XML data or any combination thereof," Nucci said. "That data is joined together so that you can create one output data source destination,which would typically then be loaded into a data warehouse. That's nowa new step in the Boomi UI, so that you can configure that step in yourorchestration."Additionally, Boomi can now bulk-copy to MS SQL servers using theBCP utility to load large amounts of data into a SQL Server power datawarehouse more efficiently than with Open Database Connectivity orJava Database Connectivity. And the third major ETL improvement,Nucci said, was the addition of a Hadoop connector.On top of the ETL enhancements, Dell also added greater support for itsSOA framework through the creation of a new SOA Worker feature."It allows you to reserve resources in our cloud for handling those real-time Web services events," Nucci said. "And the whole reason behindthis is all around scaling out those Web services that you've built and runin our cloud so you can add as many SOA workers as you need, andthat's going to load balance the traffic across those workers but still in avery secure and multitenant architecture in Boomi's atom cloud."

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